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Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees In Iraq

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has hailed the Iraqi government’s willingness to host Syrian refugees fleeing violence and said she hoped all Syrians seeking asylum in Iraq would be welcomed.

“I want to highlight the noble efforts of the Iraqi government and the people of Iraq to support Syrian refugees,” said Jolie. “At this juncture, it is critical that Iraq receives urgent international support and continues to welcome refugees across its borders.”

In the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, Jolie met with senior government officials and spent time with Iraqis, until recently refugees in Syria, who have returned to Iraq after fleeing violence in their places of former refuge. She spent today meeting Syrian refugees in the Domiz camp in northern Iraq. She also met officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government, including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Interior Minister Karim Sinjari as well as the governors of Erbil and Dohuk. Many of the officials she met were former refugees. “We know how it feels,” one official told Jolie.

In her meetings Saturday in Baghdad with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari and the Minister of Displacement and Migration Dindar Najman Shafeeq and on Sunday with Kurdistan Regional Government officials, Jolie pledged further UNHCR support for the government in receiving and hosting additional Syrian refugees as their numbers rapidly increase.

This was her fourth and final stop of a tour of countries neighbouring Syria, where more than 260,000 Syrian refugees have been registered since the conflict began in March 2011.

Earlier last week, Jolie visited JordanLebanon and Turkey with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. They both pledged continued support and emphasized the life-saving importance of maintaining open borders and hosting Syrians in need.

This is Jolie’s fourth visit to Iraq. Some 1.3 million Iraqis remain displaced in their country and the government has made it a priority to improve their standard of living and find solutions for them through voluntary return to their places of origin or through local integration.

“Combined with the new influx of Syrian refugees and the sudden return of over 30,000 of their own citizens, the complexity of the situation and the challenges for this country just emerging from conflict cannot be overstated,” Jolie said.

Source: UNHCR

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Angelina Jolie Honored by Iraq Foreign Minister for Refugee Work

Angelina Jolie‘s world-saving ways aren’t going unnoticed.

On Saturday, the actress, advocate and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador met in Baghdad with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who fêted the actress for her humanitarian work. In appreciation for her efforts, Zebari presented Jolie with a colorful red box containing a symbolic gift.

Per the Washington Post, Jolie urged Zebari to ensure Syrian refugees have enough supplies, and as part of her solidarity tour for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie has met with displaced Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

Angelina visits refugee camp in Beirut

“I am grateful to Jordan and the border countries for saving the lives [of those] who are dying in Syria,” she said during her visit to a refugee tent camp in Jordan. “It’s an extraordinary thing. We encourage the international community to support the people here until one day they go back home,” she said.

Brad Pitt‘s fiancée has traveled to various refugee camps around the world and has advocated for refugees’ welfare for the past decade.

How long before she becomes Saint Angelina?

Rebecca Macatee

September 18, 2012

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